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James Bradley

James Bradley, one of 262 convicts transported on the Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander, January 1787

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Bradley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 9th January, 1765
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: 15th February, 1838
Age: 73 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a handkerchief
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Scarborough
Departure date: 13th May, 1787
Arrival date: 26th January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 16 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 2
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Community Contributions

KerrieAnne Christian on 2nd July, 2016 wrote:

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Beth Kebblewhite on 14th August, 2019 wrote:

James Edward Bradley was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing a white linen handkerchief worth two shillings. He arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Scarborough as part of the First Fleet. On 23 February 1789 he received 25 lashes for insolence to a sentinel. He married fellow convict Sarah Barnes on 12 August 1792. In early 1794 he was granted 30 acres of land at the Eastern Farms. By 1802 the family was able to live ‘off stores’. He was buried on 16 February 1838.

Birth: 9 January 1765
London, Middlesex, England

Death: 15 February 1838
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

(Source: People Australia website http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/bradley-james-edward-26389)

Nerida Bradley on 10th February, 2020 wrote:

James Bradley was granted 30 acres at Kissing Point, now Putney, on 20 Feb 1794. In June 1785 he was convited at Old Bailey in London. Sentenced to 7 years.

Convict Changes History

Beth Kebblewhite on 14th August, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 9th January, 1765 (prev. 0000), date of death: 15th February, 1838 (prev. 0000), crime

Beth Kebblewhite on 14th August, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m

Nerida Bradley on 10th February, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, voyage

Iris Dunne on 10th February, 2020 made the following changes:


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